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Discover Umbria

An 8 or 10-day cycling holiday in Umbria
Assisi – Spello – Spoleto - Montefalco - Bevagna - Perugia - Trasimeno lake - Umbertide - Gubbio

Discover the beauties of Umbria

This cycle tour is perfect for those looking to personally experience the unique and unspoiled region of Umbria with its beauty and hospitality. Umbria, nestling between Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, is maybe one of the smallest regions of Italy, but it has a wide range of different landscapes: from harsh gorges to sweet green hills, wild woods to fertile plains transformed by varied cultivations; oases of fresh, crystal clear spring water and enchanting lakes.

Meravigliosa Umbria
Meravigliosa Umbria

This cycle tour combines the beauty of nature with sightseeing in quiet little medieval towns. The trip starts and finishes in the fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected in honour of the saints Francis and Clare. Nevertheless, Assisi is not the only highlight of this tour. You will pass many other interesting small towns like Spello, which has Roman origins, as we are reminded by several features including the Porta Venere and Porta Consolare town gates, Montefalco, famous for its delicious wines and Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with two Romanesque churches. Two nights you will spend in Torgiano allowing time to visit the county town of Perugia. Its magnificent old town center is certainly worth visiting, with renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and galleries, but of course, it is also nice just to wander around the evocative alleys, the characteristic squares and the fashionable shopping street Corso Vannuci. During the second part of the tour, you cycle through a beautiful unspoiled scenery. The biker-friendly roads, the lovely towns and the green hills with cypresses, vineyards and olive trees make this tour unforgettable.

cyclist view of pietralunga

The 8-day tour can be extended by 2 nights. An overnight stay in Spoleto, a town full of life, with many squares, lovely little streets, shops with local delicacies and handicrafts, restaurants and a lot of sights to visit. The second night is in Passignano on the fourth lake of Italy, Lago Trasimeno. There are many possibilities to discover the lake. One of them is to cycle around the lake, passing sunny little fishing villages such as Passignano, Tuoro and Castiglione del Lago with its castle. As an alternative, you make a loop ride to visit the Etruscan town of Cortona in Tuscany… or maybe you just like a day of rest and take the ferryboat to visit one of the islands.

Discover Umbria

DIFFICULTY: 3

For who like more challenging rides in rolling hilly terrain. You have to be trained with a good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years. Cycling is an important part of the day, but there will be still time left to explore the towns you pass through. There are significant differences in height (no more than 800m). Mostly quiet asphalted and now and some dirt roads

Average daily distances

8-day tour: between 35 – 65 km  Total 313 km / 194,5 miles:

10-day tour: between 35 – 65 km. Total 421 km  / 261,6 miles

  Difficulty level 3 


DEPARTURES:

Self Guided: Daily from March till 5 November.

Guided: On request


PARTICIPANTS:
1 or more people. This tour is not suitable for children under 14 years old, because the terrain is too hilly and tour too strenuous.


Start / Finish: Assisi / Assisi


Code: C 002 UMB

Prices

From € 605,00 

Daily program of

8-day / 7-night tour

Day 1 | Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi

The start of this cycle tour is in Assisi, part of the Unesco World Heritage, the popular pilgrimage town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio. Its impressive ramparts, towers and palace roofs of the town are visible from afar. Assisi has a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare. On the day of your arrival, you might want to explore the town with its little alleys and cozy squares. Worth seeing are the famous basilica of St. Francis, The Basilica of Saint Clare, museums and the Roman temple of Minerva in Piazza del Comune. *** or **** star hotel near Assisi old town centre.
End of afternoon drop off bicycles, bike fitting and route briefing.

Day 2 | Passing the small medieval towns of Spello, Montefalco, Bevagna and Torgiano (68 km / 39,8 mi)

This morning there will be time to wander around in Spello. After continuing your journey through the valley of Spoleto, passing Foligno, your route goes up to Montefalco; also called ‘the balcony of Umbria’, because of its fantastic panorama. Artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino decorate the Franciscan church, now a museum, with magnificent frescoes. The next town you will visit is Bevagna, whose characteristic medieval square still hosts two Romanesque churches. Your overnight stay is in Torgiano, which in medieval times was a fortified village and is situated on a hilltop above the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber. Interesting to visit are the wine museum and next-door in the ‘osteria’ you can taste the excellent wines of Lungarotti or you can visit their winery (only on reservation). Overnight in *** hotel

Day 3 | Visiting Perugia (34 km / 21,1 mi)

Today you can visit the neighboring county town of Perugia: the provincial capital and a lively, vibrant place. The medieval town centre with its little alleyways is at the highest point of the town. The Renaissance palaces, churches, museums and many galleries make a lasting impression. You will spend the night once more in the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Day 4 | Torgiano - Passignano on lake Trasimeno (51 km / 31,7 mi)

On the fourth day, you will cycle through a slightly hilly landscape to be rewarded at the end with a magnificent view of Trasimeno Lake and its islands. You pass the little fishing village of S. Feliciano from where the boats go to the Polvese Island. Cycling along the gravel bike path, you reach Passignano, a town on the shore of the lake, made of history and nature, art and folklore, peace and vitality. Passignano has a beach close to its center or you could visit the only inhabited island ‘Isola Maggiore’. Overnight in *** hotel

Day 5 | Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide (47 km / 29,2 mi)

Today’s route runs through an unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town centre is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. It is a hilly ride with gorgeous views. After a climb, you reach Castel Rigone, looking out over the lake. Then a nice ride follows along a ridge with nice views on both side. A well deserved descend brings you into the Tiber Valley. Your hotel is a country hotel and is just outside Umbertide. It has a restaurant and nice swimming pool!

Day 6 | Umbertide - Gubbio (km 58 / 36 mi)

Today you first pass Umbertide and then it goes uphill to Montone, a typical Umbria small town, where time stood still. After another small hilltop town, Pietralunga, you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. Worthwhile visiting are the palaces, the Roman theatre and the monastery of S. Ubaldo, which is built at 827m altitude and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be near the historical centre in a *** or **** hotel.

Day 7 | Gubbio - Assisi (km 59 / 36,7 mi)

At the beginning of this last leg of the tour you still have some hard climbing to do, through a rolling still-life landscape, but after that, you have a well-deserved easy descent to Assisi. Cycling through the centre of this little town you will pass its most important monuments, like the Basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva and the basilica of St. Clare.

Day 8 | End of tour after breakfast

After breakfast end of your Discover Umbria tour

Daily program of

10-day / 9-night tour

Day 1 | Individual arrival at your hotel in Assisi

The start of this cycle tour is in Assisi, part of the Unesco World Heritage, the popular pilgrimage town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio. Its impressive ramparts, towers and palace roofs of the town are visible from afar. Assisi has a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare. On the day of your arrival, you might want to explore the town with its little alleys and cozy squares. Worth seeing are the famous basilica of St. Francis, The Basilica of Saint Clare, museums and the Roman temple of Minerva in Piazza del Comune. *** or **** star hotel near Assisi old town centre.
End of afternoon drop off bicycles, bike fitting and route briefing.

Day 2 | Assisi – Spello – Foligno - Spoleto (52 km / 32,3 mi)

You leave your hotel and cycling along the slopes of Mount Subasio to Spello. There is enough time to wander around in Spello, a charming ancient town pleasantly situated on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio. In urban, architectural and artistic terms, Spello is an extremely interesting town, containing many features dating back to the Roman age. Spello is also called the town of flowers, because of its many colourful little alleys embellished with plants and flowers. The town is well known for its special Flower Festival (‘infiorata’) for Corpus Domini. After continuing your ride through the valley, passing the centre of Foligno, it goes up to Spoleto. Your *** or **** hotel is situated in the historical centre of Spoleto.

Day 3 |Spoleto - Montefalco - Bevagna - Torgiano (63 km / 39,1 mi)

Cycling through a slightly undulating landscape you will already see Montefalco from a distance… to reach this town you first have to conquer a steep climb. Montefalco is well known as the ‘balcony of Umbria’, because of its fantastic panorama over the Valle Umbra. Artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino decorate the Franciscan church, now a museum. Montefalco is well known for its excellent wines, Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c. and Sagrantino d.o.c.g , produced on the sunny hill slopes around the town, and of course it is almost impossible to leave the town without tasting them in one of the many wine bars.
From Montefalco you go downhill to Bevagna. Here, the medieval square with its two Romanesque churches is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the village. After a last hill you will reach Torgiano, at the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). Your hotel is in the quiet town centre. Interesting to visit is the wine museum and the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines.
Overnight in *** hotel

Day 4 | Visiting Perugia (34 km / 21,1 mi)

Today you can visit the neighboring town of Perugia: the provincial capital and a lively, vibrant place. The medieval town centre with its little alleyways is at the highest point of the town. The Renaissance palaces, churches, museums and many galleries make a lasting impression. You will spend the night once more in the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Day 5 | Torgiano - Passignano on lake Trasimeno (51 km / 31,7 mi)

On the fifth day, you will cycle through a slightly hilly landscape to be rewarded at the end with a magnificent view of Trasimeno lake and its islands. You pass the little fishing village of S. Feliciano from where the boats go to the Polvese Island. Cycling along the gravel bike path, you reach Passignano, a town on the shore of the lake, made of history and nature, art and folklore, peace and vitality. Passignano has a beach close to its center or you could visit the only inhabited island ‘Isola Maggiore’. Overnight in *** hotel

Day 6 | A tour around Lake Trasimeno (57 km / 35,4 mi) or loop to the Etruscan town of Cortona (54 km / 33,6 mi)

Today you can have a rest day or you can make a loop ride around the lake, passing little towns like Passignano and Castiglione del Lago. For a big part you cycle along the bike path around the lake shore. In addition, a worthwhile trip is to visit one of the islands by boat.
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After breakfast in the saddle with destination the Etruscan town of Cortona, situated in Tuscany. This lovely town is built on a hilltop and you have to climb some to reach it, but then you can enjoy a unique and amazing view of the Val di Chiana. The town is founded by the and it still retains many of its original remains from the Etruscan period. But Cortona encloses also the works of great Renaissance artists, such as Luca Signorelli and Beato Angelico, as well as Pietro di Cortona from the Baroque period
Cortona is an important cultural and artistic centre for the valley and therefore well worth exploring. Something of interest can be found here for everyone: enthusiasts of history and art, lovers of nature and adventure, food and wine experts and those interested in fashion and shopping. Interesting are the archaeological museum and the Museo Diocesano with works of Signorelli, Lorenzetti and Fra. Angelico. After your visit, you descend again in the valley and along quiet country roads, you return to Passignano.

Day 7 | Lake Trasimeno - Umbertide (km 47 / 29,2 mi)

Today’s route runs through an unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town centre is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. It is a hilly ride with gorgeous views. After a climb, you reach Castel Rigone, looking out over the lake. Then a nice ride follows along a ridge with nice views on both side. A well deserved descend brings you into the Tiber Valley. Your hotel is a country hotel and is just outside Umbertide. It has a restaurant and a nice swimming pool!

Day 8 |Umbertide - Gubbio (58 km / 36 mi)

Today you first pass Umbertide and then it goes uphill to Montone, a typical Umbria small town, where time stood still. After another small hilltop town, Pietralunga, you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. Worthwhile visiting are the palaces, the Roman theatre and the monastery of S. Ubaldo, which is built at 827m altitude and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be near the historical centre in a *** or **** hotel

Day 9 | Gubbio - Assisi (59 km / 36,7 mi)

At the beginning of this last leg of the tour you still have some hard climbing to do, through a rolling still-life landscape, but after that you have a well-deserved easy descent to Assisi. Cycling through the centre of this little town you will pass its most important monuments, like the Basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva and the basilica of St. Clare.

Day 10 | End of tour after breakfast

After breakfast end of your Discover Umbria tour

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